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2007 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I got this car used in 2011. I was averaging a commute of 400-500 miles per week as a college adjunct. The first year of owning this Prius was fun, mainly because of the novelty of going hybrid. Then I got established and didn't need to commute to 4 campuses a day. Got married. Got a dog. I took the car out to camp several times. It couldn't hold up well to our busy and slightly chaotic lifestyle. The hatch rubber handle melted my first summer with it and shortly after the whole back hatch broke due to its brittle plastic. Had issues with the power button throughout. I put only 50K on it. It might be time to let it go.
Back camera, novelty of owning the best MPG car out there, fold-down seats, cargo compartments.
Better hatch construction (I used it a lot with my dog being back there), interior needs higher quality fabric/materials, plastic will become brittle.
2007 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Purchased used in 2/12 for $ 10,300.with 66k. Have driven for 1 year, now have 80k on vehicle. Has performed well in daily commute avg 40-43 mpg 30 mile round trip daily. Maint. costs very low, replaced frt pads, air filter and changed oil twice; thats it. Put snows on front and performs okay in up to 4" of plowed snow. Beige interior not best looking and shows dirt and/or stains; get something darker. Overall no regrets; will have a long time; prob give to daughter for longer commute out of town for two yr masters.
Purchase price used was great. MPG. Holds road well for a small car.
More interior colors. Improve the speakers. Power driver seat should be standard
2007 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Everyone I talked to loved their Prius buys. I'm happy to say I am now a welcome member to the same club. Was looking for an economical first car upon making a move cross country to AZ. Settled in on the 2007 Prius that was coincedentally installed with GPS, JBL Speakers and backup camera. The Gas mileage is a solid 40-45 City/Hwy. So glad I made the choice.
Traded in my Acura RSX for this prius when I was 6 months pregnant because I wanted something more family friendly that would also be easy for me to drive late in my pregnancy. This car runs well, is very comfortable and practical. Now that I have had my baby, it fits my car seat and stroller and I even have
good cargo space
would like a better stereo
I puchased my current prius used with 20k on it, now I have over 100k. I am still getting 46mgs driving everything from in city to 85 on the highway, and not easy through winding roads. For on road use I think there is no real car that can compare. I can fit a 8' surfboard inside or bring it to the snow, the car is really flexible with the seats taking no time at all to fold down and the under floor storage in the back there is a ton of room. I have taken this car for 14 hour car trips, with no compants coming from my wallet or the car! Being 6' tall I fit great into the drivers seat and can even fit in the back...
MPG, noise, comfortable, space,
ground clearence better uphill pull/ acceleration base radio could be better sterotypical drivers behind the wheel
Bought new 4 years ago. Avg. 50+ mpg summer, appx. 47 in Midwest winter. At 6', I find legroom a bit tight. Have driven in 6" snow storms and rain with no problems. It's not as fun to drive as my Mustang GT was, but it's not boring. Have had no quality issues. Have been through all of the recalls. All in all, it's just what we thought it would be when we bought it. Not sure why everyone says hybrids cost a lot....sticker was 22,000 and we got it for 18,700....a lot cheaper than many non-hybrids back then. Feels good to get such good MPG now and back in 2008 when gas skyrocketed.
MPG, overall interior room, hatchback feature
It's a lot bigger than it seems on the outside! Put down the seats and you have a serious flat-bed hauler! We get 48MPG yr over yr average and we live in a cold climate (much heater). It's not a speed deamon but that's not why you're buying it. We've owned it for 4yrs now and aside from the trunk being stuck when first driving it out of the showroom - no issue whatsoever! If only ALL cars had this (or even close) mileage - still amazes me why in this day and age these numbers are not standard!!! Well worth every penny and would buy again in a heartbeat!
Mileage!!!, interior space, makes you into a better driver (gas saver), comfy for long trips, lots of cubby storage areas, mileage!!!
All electric switch on all but US car spec should be available on US versions as well. Not fair that we have to Radio Shack it...
I have always been fond of any Honda or Toyota vehicle. I have depended on both manufacturers and they've never let me down. I love the Prius, everything about it. It is enjoyable to drive and performs well on my 60 mile one way commute to work. The handling and responsiveness is is better than average. Fuel economy is outstanding and the consumption monitor has allowed me to correct my gas guzzling driving habits. The ride is smooth and quiet on the highway. Prius and Hybrid Synergy Drive make interesting conversation with friends. I wish I had owned one much sooner. The car is just plain cool.
Uniqueness, fuel economy, overall comfort and driveability, it's all about the technology!
All auto-up power windows would be nice. Other than that, no complaints so far.
I purchased my car in May of this year as a used vehicle. I loved it until last week. I was sitting in my car, which was off, when i turned the car on it asked me to get to a level ground and take the e-brake off. I would have except I was on level ground, the e-brake was off and my car wouldn't start. My dashboard had all my brake lights on. 4 hours of assistance and towing and they told me it was my battery. Exactly one week later, I was driving down the highway, less than a mile from my exit when my car started making a beep noise, and again ALL my brake lights came on. This time my car was in motion and the brake pedal would not work, it was rock stiff as I went 60 mph on an exit ramp.
Like i said, I loved my car until it became dangerous. I risked my life trying to get off a highway. I barely missed another car on the off ramp before i pulled the wheel hard left at the intersection and my car shut off and would not start.
My car is now at the dealership & the company has no idea what is wrong with it. I do not want my car back as I am afraid they will tell me the problem is fixed again, but as you can see it was not fixed the first time. My car averaged 45 mpg, was not horrible uncomfortable & like i said i loved it.
Please let me begin by saying that it saddens me to have to write this negative review of a company I once thought of as the benchmark in automotive quality, value and to some extent, design. Like many(maybe most?) of you, I thought our 2007 Prius was the greatest car ever invented when we purchased it new 48,500 miles ago. The list of design flaws, there are too many to list here, is long, but the worst and most dangerous of these being the extremely poor quality OE tires, traction control on wet surfaces, poorly lit dash, sloppy handling and difficult dash controls. Ralph Nader might call the Prius the new Corvair. Due to 7 safety recalls, Toyota's resale values have plummeted! Sad.
Fuel economy (Duh!)
Employ the hybrid technology in a more thoughtfully designed product AND DON"T CUT CORNERS THIS TIME! You have just punished your customers for believing in you. It seems that in your quest to surpass GM in sales you unfortunately became the new GM. Maybe a 5 year/50,000 would help. Ask Hyundai.
I really like it. I would not buy from Sun Toyota though. MPG are good but a far cry from what they tell you it will be.
Have Nav and bluetooth phone connection. Get the miles per gallon they say it should. Power seats. Larger gas tank.
Bought his Car 2 weeks ago. MPG are amazing. First week to fill it out was $20.00. I ran about 400 miles with a full tank combined with city and highway. I have no complaints at all. Great Car. I should've bought it 2 years ago.
Smart Key. Screen. Stay off while ur in Traffic or park. Reverse camera. Comfortable inside. Price of Gas! :D
My 2007 Prius has been a joy to drive. It has met my expectations & then some. I especially enjoy the dynamic brake that can be manually controlled to reduce the wear on the mechanical braking system & improve gas mileage.I hope to buy an all electric car someday, but in the mean time my Prius is my pride & joy.
The dynamic brake is my favorite feature.
All electric or plug-in hybrid upgrade offer by Toyota dealers.
Bought it initially due to high travel. The cheap wheels slipped on wet pavement and were jittery. Although I have had no mechanical issues with the vehicle, now that Toyota' reputation has gone down the crapper, I have a useless piece of crap to trade in or sell. I will not buy another Toyota based on the loss of value at trade-in. And that includes the Toyota dealerships. You are better served to look at other brands. Plain and simple, dont do it!
If all that matters is economy...this is a very good car.If comfort on a long trip is important....forget it.The seat has only two adjustments...backward and forward, and angle of the back.The steering wheel can only be tilted,and it constantly makes contact with my knees. Instrument panel is very hard to see in the sunlight and lacks even a temp. gauge.The trip computer has no range position,So you had better not let it get too low.The car also makes lots of noises and does not seem to have the build quality of other Toyotas.A bit of a rattle trap.
Keyless entry and start.Good gas mileage.
Seriously needs a 6 way adjustable driver's seat with a lumbar support.It also needs the items described in my comments above.
Love the car for all the reasons everyone else loves the car. Always considered it one of my best purchases of any product ever. Never had a complaint until today and, now, I'm think of selling the car. I park in a smallish garage with the hood of the car under a storage shelf; I can't open the hood without backing the car a few feet. And, two nights ago, I left the driver's door ajar, draining the 12 volt battery. That's the 12 volt battery in the far left rear of the car, accessible ONLY via the rear hatchback door that DOES NOT OPEN WITHOUT ELECTRICTY. The solution recommended in the owners manual is to crawl into the back and start disassembling the car from the inside.
I've owned the car for a month and will review again but for now I love it. At current gas prices ($2.60) I save $1,300 and was surprised to find it is $250 cheaper to insure than a 2003 forester worth a 1/3 the price of an 07 prius. As far as I am concerned it will save me $1500 plus a year x 5 years = $7500 of the $16,000 I paid. I do not consider myself a tree hugger type. If it were an uncomfortable econobox I would not have bought it. That said I do feel good about cutting my gasoline consumption in half.
The computer that trains me in the art of driving like a grandma, mpg's, bluetooth phone, ipod attachment to stereo and steering wheel controls and side curtain airbags. The leather seats are great as well.
Rear visibility is poor and the paint chips easily.
Good gas mileage, but the rest is nothing special. Lots of electronic doo dads, but lacks substance. I guess the MPG is a pretty important issue these days. Headlights very weak on high beam. Ride good and stable, but seats are pretty uncomfortable and driver seat needs more leg room. I'm 6 ft tall.
Gas mileage, fit and finish.
Lumbar supports, distance to empty on trip computer. Coolant temperature gauge. Better tires. Radio, mediocre at best. Small letters on dash too small to read for many people. Need engineering degree to operate electronics.
I purchased my Prius new during the warm weather in Maine. Gas mileage is great in temps above 50 degrees, especially on the winding hilly back roads of Maine (50 mpg). During short trips in winter it drops to 30 mpg. Original tires are quiet and help gas mileage but lasted 21K. I chose to go with a different but harder tire-which should last longer but has SIGNIFICANTLY decreased gas mileage to 30-45 mpg. Highway driving averages 42-43 mpg but this auto is very light weight and stability is compromised when driving in windy conditions or when speed reaches above 80mph. The cost to maintain this auto is above average.
Keyless system, rear camera, gas mileage for temps 50-70 degrees, placement of cup holders, controls, cargo space, roomy rear seat, nice sound system.
Pillars cause blind spots-rear camera is necessary, original tires too soft-wear out early, low clearance-bumpers easily damaged, mileage is not great on short trips especially in cold climates.
I bought the car new. Really ticked me off when it didn't (and still hasn't) gotten the 65/55mpg that it was rated. I get 44-46 most of the time. Really like the storage in the back under the floor. I like the quiet running what I call "Stealth mode". Some things I don't like are how blazing hot the top of the display gets in the summer, the reflection of the light from the dash display onto the windshield at night, but most of all the bad, bad, bad customer service. The paint just peels off of my front bumper and because the territory rep won't approve fixing it (even tho it was still under warranty) they won't fix it. So now I drive around a car with peeling paint.
mpg, ipod connection, quiet ride, seating is awesome, double glove compartment, smart key is the best invention ever, mpg, mpg, mpg...
Price needs to come down! Something added to shield the display so you can see it during the day, better paint on bumpers, accessory outlets in inconvenient places, computer mpg amt is never correct, back of console low quality and falls off a lot, wheels are difficult to clean and make ride shaky.
Bought the car new (2.5 years ago). I have 47,000 miles without any trouble. Only complaint is an annoying rattle. I'm getting around 47 MPG overall. 53 on longer freeway trips. I can get five people in it relatively comfortably (one or two kids) for what it is (day trips). Power is better than most four cylinder cars. It won't beat a corvette, it wasn't meant to. With the back seat folded down it holds a great deal. Toyota delivered what they promised. I'd buy one again in a second (after I wear this one out first).
Headroom, reliability, economy, power, versatility, tight turning, visibility, freeway ride.
Get the price down. Otherwise Toyota nailed it.
Brilliant vehicle...would not drive anything else...getting 4.3 easily on fuel economy (Aust. Figures). Thinking of buying new 2009 model. Absolute pleasure to travel in.
Dashboard, Litres per 100 kls., seating comfort
Move accelerator further from side wall. With wide shoes you can depress pedal and catch foot on wall and the car does not move as quickly. It is very dangerous.
My '07 Prius is getting well over 50 miles/gal, and I chuckle as I drive past the gas station! It is without a doubt the best car purchase I ever made. I like having the key fob rather than a conventional key to open & start the car, and appreciate the feature that will not permit you to lock the key inside!
I love my 2007 GEN2 Prius. It is an amazing car for what it is. It is now a luxury car, it is not sexy, it does not pick up chicks. However it does cost nothing to drive and is a great car. I use it for surfing, biking, etc and love it. The one main issue is the drivers seat legroom. I am 6'5 and it didn't work.
My Prius is manufactured in Japan, except for the Goodyear tires. Guess where all of my problems have been. With the tires. I had to replace one with a leak through the side wall. Should have been covered by warranty, but it wasn't. They said we must have abused it, which we didn't. Now another tire has a slow leak. I paid $10 to fix it but it still leaks. I add air every 10-12 days. Next time I get Japanese tires. Short trips in Minnesota winter gets me only 36 mpg, but usually I get 46-50. In Hot Springs, Arkansas area I got 55 last year. It likes hills, doesn't like cold. My Camry only gets 31, so it sits.
My favorite feature is the Hybrid thing with its high mpg. Also like the smart key, blue tooth, and GPS.
When it is cold, the gas motor comes on and won't turn off till it heats up. I would like to have a switch to override that. I pull up to a red light and the engine keeps running until one second before it turns green. Frustrating.
I bought the Pruis in 2006 for $27000. It only has a few options (Stability control, side airbags, ect.), but the dealer forces you to pay $2000-3000 over MSRP. Since I bought the car I've had to replace the batteries twice and the interior has fallen apart worse than the 1998 Ford Escort I was replacing. Even the gas mileage hasn't been great, because the batteries don't work properly in cold weather. The worst part however is the driving experience, the Pruis has a serious shortage of power and has no steering feel. I found the brakes very weak and delivered almost no pedal feel. The seats are also very uncomfortable. I find the ride rough and the whole car shudders over all bumps.
Innovative computer monitoring system.
The styling, quality, performance, comfort, powertrain, and reliability all need to be improved.
Overall a great car. I live in Boston and year round I get the EPA 46 mpg. The technology is great - bluetooth, GPS, dimming mirror, stability control - all excellent. Watch out for the stereo. Even the high end has no mids or bass. I had to get a subwoofer and it helped. Also, the traction control for the snow on all of Toyota's hybrids is poor but livable. The deal with poor mpg in the cold weather has to do with the heater. Short cold trips kill the mileage because the Prius uses the engine to heat the car. This requires it to idle and run constantly until it is up to temp to heat the car's interior. So if you want better mileage leave the heat off until the engine warms.
GPS, Bluetooth phone & autodim mirrors.
Heat the interior without using the engine. It is too inefficient. PLEASE PLEASE put a good sounding stereo in the next car!!! The high end one is junk too!
I've got 23K miles on my 07 Prius now & love it. For those who say the MPG isn't as good as expected let me tell you that if you live in a cold climate that the winter MPG will drop nearly 10MPG. Your dealer will tell you that if you question your cold climate MPG. Reason is the gas motor needs to run more in cold weather to keep the batteries charged. I can tell you though that in normal warm weather (above 40 degress) that I get 48-50 MPG easily. Admittedly I drive for gas mileage---at the speed limit & no lead foot. After all that's why I bought the Prius, for optimum gas mileage. I love it & have put a deposit on a new 2010 model, which is newly designed bigger motor & even better MPG
Everything especially the 50 MPG in warm weather use & of course the Toyota quality & outstanding long term warranty on the Hybrid system
Tilt steering wheel & of course as with ALL cars a cheaper price...dream on with that one, right??????
This is the best car I have ever owned. In almost two years of ownership have put 46k miles on the car with no issues. Unfortunately, last month my husband was in a car accident that totaled our beloved car. This car is so well designed that with the total loss of the vehicle my husband walked away with only a seatbelt rash. The airbags are amazing and did their job perfectly. The police were surprised he was not hurt. If you are looking for a safe, reliable, fun, high MPG car then this is the one for you. We miss our car are waiting to the 2010 Prius to replace the 2007.
Keyless entry fob, touch screen, steering wheel controls, and all of the cubby and storage areas.
Better quality paint. I have never had so many paint chips on the hood of a car. Maybe add an invisible bra option.
When I first bought the car, I said only the wife should drive but soon all of us were drawn to drive this space shaped car. Easy car to own for city folk. Don't go long distances because your seat will not offer the comfort needed for long trips. Great mileage and fun to drive in the city. Enjoy a simple interior design that fits 4 comfortably. A car for all in the city. All we have done is changed the oil and regular maintenance.
Space age exterior design with great gas mileage.
Interior comfort is nonexistent, Remove the graphs showing mileage and battery recharging, a real distraction.
We have had repeated electrical issues resulting in the dash going blank. This has happened repeatedly and the car has been in 4 times in 20,000 miles for the same issue. Very frustrating. This is a safety issue, try driving at night with the dash electrical system all out. It gives no warning it still appears to not be corrected. My Ford has been much better quality.
Dash lighting system is hard to see. Seats are uncomfortable and car blows off the road in the wind, need aero-dynamics work.
A surprising pleasure to drive. Very fun and REALLY fun at the gas pump. I was surprised at the acceleration the car has. I expected it to be anemic but it's quite nimble in daily driving. A perfect car for city dwellers. Super easy to park and navigate in tight spots.
The unique from the ground up technology.
Put in a tachometer, take the climate controls out of the computer and make them stand alone. Offer a version with a little larger engine for the extended highway driver. The 1.5 has to work too hard at sustained 75 mph drives.
I live in the mountains, but I still have a lifetime MPG of 50.7. Climate control is fantastic, stabilization control, tire pressure monitoring and 6 air bags, makes this car very safe. Hybrid-electric doesn't mean gutless. While you will sacrifice MPG for the moment, you can accelerate up a steep grade to 80 MPH + and keep up with anyone. No keys to mess with is great, just approach the car and cabin light up and the door opens, get in and go. This is truly a car ahead of its time. I've had -0- repairs or warranty work in nearly 2 years and 40,000 miles. I'm planning to buy a 2nd one.
Integrated phone and navigation systems are very helpful while the climate control and sound systems (in dash 6 CD changer) makes driving a pleasure. The back up camera is VERY helpful in close quarters.
Add a front perspective camera, as it is hard to park close due to the design of the hood.
Consistently gets in the range between 39 - 57 MPG depending on the drive I make. Excellent for hauling lawn mowers and snow blowers. Handling is pretty good. Definitely cuts down the amount of money you'll spend on gasoline for a month. Was able to twice make 400 miles on one tank of gas with a mix of local and highway driving.
Outside temperature gauge, cargo space, controls on steering wheel
Better fitting cup holders, allow compass in car's mirror, put ventilation function on dashboard instead of on LCD display, more comfortable seating for 5 (especially in rear)
I got Package 5. This is actually my wife's car but I drive it about half the time and probably over half the miles. We really like it especially the mileage. We have been getting over 50 MPG lately but as low as 36 in winter with minus 20 temperatures and short trips of 6 miles to work and back. The back bumper cover didn't fit well both sides and glove box had to be replaced twice because of non uniform gap. Also one of my Goodyear tires had to be replaced at my expense. They said we abused the tire which was false. We have had this car a year now and we use it whenever we can and the Camry, which only gets 31, sits in the garage. The 15,000 mile service cost almost $200 which is a rip off
I like the homelink, the bluetooth, the HID lights, the dimming rear view mirror, the traction control, which is really handy in Minnesota in winter, the keyless entry, starting, and locking, the more than adequate power, and the quiet operation. We scare pedestrians when they don't hear approach.
Power driver's seat, telescopic steering wheel, cold weather kit, can't use several navigation features while underway. Why do I have to agree every time I use the GPS? You would think once was enough. Knee room is tight for my long legs. How about tires that don't loose air and body parts that fit.
Excellent acceleration - achieved 50.4 MPG from Philly to NYC. Average in first year combined 44 mpg. Quiet comfortable in passenger seat. Technology state of the art with keyless start, mpg, back up camera.
Steering wheel controls, auto AC, outside temperature, fold flat rear seat.
2 inches more seat travel for driver.
Overall this is a great little car, but be careful if you don't get the adjustable leather seats. I've had the car for about 1 1/2 years and although I've saved a lot of money in gas, I've spent a lot of money on acupuncture treatments for my back - and I didn't have a back problem before I started driving this car. It seems they put all the expense under the hood and then skimped on comfort. I tend to get a new car every 2 to 3 years and I've never had one with such an uncomfortable seat. I'm selling it soon.
The mpg, reduced emissions, driving in "stealth" mode, and the techy-ness of it.
Terrible seats - hardly adjustable with NO lumbar support.
Bought my Prius as ex-demo with 670mls in Dec 07. Now have 8150 and got over 50 mpg(US)/62(UK) with last 6 tanksful, best mpg in summer and cruising under 60. That's about 20% thruway/80% city and suburbs. Hard ride on 195/55/16s but comfortable and quiet. As usual it's very reliable and well-built. I'm sold on this one but look forward to the bigger, better 1.8.
Transmission is excellent and if you use appropriate hybrid techniques (accelerate briskly to your cruise speed then use very light pressure on the gas to maintain speed) you'll usually see 100 mpg on the gauge for long periods. Not too bad for a 5- eater auto with air and other goodies.
UK cars need a 12v outlet on dash (not in console) and folding, heated mirrors. The larger engine and better batteries should bring it close to perfection.
Pros - very peppy, fun to drive, average mpg 43-44, excellent quality and reliability, cutting edge features, i.e., keyless fob, touch screen, steering wheel controls for stereo, heat/AC. Unusually quiet as highway speeds. Just completed our first trip on interstate from NC to PA in I-81 and recorded mpg of 50+, we had averaged 43-44 mpg in combined travel. 50+ on the highway was not expected. Cons - driver seat cramped for tall drivers-2 inches more seat travel would do the trick. Bottom line - well worth the cost if you plan to keep for more than 4 years.
Info screen. Steering controls. Fold flat rear seats
Need 2 inches more driver seat travel
Great on gas mileage but I traded it because the traction control is AWFUL! Got stuck in the middle of the road 3 times with no power and twice on my lite slope driveway. Not safe in the MN winters when you lose power if the wheels spin. Had all options and everything worked great. Not comfortable though with manual seats, no power anything and no sunroof.
Gas mileage, navigation.
Traction control, traction control, traction control and a sunroof would be nice.
My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed our Prius. It is comfortable, fun to drive and so far very reliable. I just wish Toyota or someone made a small pickup hybrid that got 40-50 mpg! We have tracked fuel economy and found that in the winter months we averaged 48 mpg and the rest of the year it is 52 mpg. That is 70% city driving and the rest is highway. The lower gas mileage during the winter is a combination of cold air AND winter gasoline formulation, which means that ALL gasoline cars gets less mpg in winter, not just the Prius.
Great fuel economy, fun to drive, especially past gas stations, lots of luxury, good quality. Looks good and it feels good to be doing something that makes the US less dependent on oil!
A plug in version. A larger capacity battery. A hybrid small pickup (ABAT) would be great.
Great car with ample room for a family of 4-5. Gas mileage combined road/city is 50 mpg. Driving the Prius is an enjoyable experience.
Gas mileage, interior room, intelligent interior design. Very good handling. Hatchback has room for large objects and cases.
Back window design.
No other hybrid can compete. The Prius is into its 3rd generation and the others have to catch up.
Economy with nimble power that will surprise you.
Add a tachometer, take the climate control out of the computer module and have it as stand alone.
I bought the package 6 which has navigation, upgraded audio, and leather. It gets good gas mileage, but not the 52-60 that was on the sticker. Audio system has respectable sound. Ride is uncomfortable on trips, mild winds pushes car around. Manual seats are hard to adjust, spoiler obstructs view, dash lights are hard to see in sunshine and there is a reflection on the windshield, gas gauge readings are not accurate, navigation system awkwardly placed.
50 mpg ... period.
Phase out of this line and put all the design monies into the Camry.
This car is everything they brag it up to be. It is not the prettiest car on the road, but is very roomy and comfortable on the inside. I drive it to get the most milleage, which means no gunning it at a green light and coasting up to a red light. I honestly get 50 mpg and better all of the time. I have only taken it on one road trip and that was from Phoenix to Las Vegas, about 650 miles round trip, I averaged 51.8 mpg on the entire trip. I would recommend this car to everyone.
The extremely tight turning radius.
I just brought my Prius 3 weeks ago. We took a trip to Houston and I went 227 miles before the 1st fuel block moved. I went 527 miles and I still had a little over half a tank. I went around 747 miles before I put more gas in the car because we were on our way back home from our weekend trip and wanted to make sure we had gas going on the back roads. I was very impressed with the mileage. The seats comfort was okay I moved around a little to get comfortable and I am 6"1. My husband had plenty of room. It said we average 54.2 miles while on that trip i tried to stay around 65 miles per hour. I am enjoying the prius. I traded in my 07 Yaris for safety reasons (smaller car). Glad I did it!
Mileage, good riding midsize car, The car overall is a great car, I would recommend it to others! Plenty of storage and trunk space. Dashboard is able to be seen from even the back seat clearly.
Be able to adjust seat is all I can suggest at this time
I love this car. It has never disappointed me in any way. If you know how to drive it, you can get 50-60 mpg. Don't let people fool you. Drive one and see. You won't be sorry. Handles good in snow and ice too. Best car I have ever owned and I have had lots of cars. I am 58 years young.
Fun to drive. Can maneuver anywhere easier than a silly sport utility. Great stereo system. Bluetooth featured. Good backup camera views. Mileage.
I guess the only one is color choices.
The car rides well. Due to gas prices rising, I knew that I needed to try and get the best for the buck. I have an SUV and a sedan and another small car. My husband and I drive the small car and the Prius. It has plenty of room - I'm 6'1 and comfortable in it. I got the base model. I have had it a week and it appears we made the right choice. We are happy with the car. It has a few small minor issues which it is a 2007, but overall the car was clean! I am looking forward to saving gas, and being able to use that money on another bill. Awesome!!
Gas mileage and space it has inside. I would recommend it to others looking for a small-midsize car. You wont regret it when it comes to the mileage. I am averaging 48-51 miles per gallon right now.
None I can think of right now have only had it a week, Just wish I could be able to adjust the seating more then just backwards and forwards.
This is a great car. I bought my car in June of 2007 for a job I got that was 90 miles away. I was driving from Germantown, MD to York, PA every day. My avg mileage for the warmer months was 53-55 mpg, and during the colder months I avg 45-47. The car really fits my driving style and is fun to see your gas per mile go up instead of down.
I really dislike the traction control, wish you were able to turn it on or off. And when it comes to tires, I put on some Pirellis, and now I only get 46 to 49 mpg on avg.
I bought Prius in May 2007. In one year I have driven about 17,000 miles and thought I should write something to benefit other potential buyers. I am extremely happy with ride, comfort, performance etc, but most of all with fuel efficiency. I have been consistently getting 52-53 mpg for last one year, with air on 7 months out of 12 months. The best mileage I have received so far is 62 MPG, while the worst was 47 MPG (when I drove 90 miles/hour long distance, full load and AC on.) Settled on Prius for it's high power engine and electric motor, uniqueness and last but not the least, a Prius is Prius!
Overall design, plenty of storage space (including plenty of hidden space in the back to store valuables like laptops), futuristic dashboard and the best fuel economy. I got leather installed(which is not standard) and windows tinted for $1500 extra.
Add batteries or have option to install extra set of batteries that'd increase mileage to 100 MPG+.
We have been wanting to buy a hybrid for a couple of years. When we were shopping for a hybrid, we also considered the Honda Civic Hybrid but ended up buying the Prius due to its interior room and extra gas mileage. Since buying the Prius in August, we have put over 13,000 miles on it. This car has been our primary vehicle replacing our need to drive our 4-Runner as much. Contrary to what many drivers think this little car does have fairly good pick up, We love watching the MPG surpass 51 but we have been averaging 47-49 MPG. We also love the navigation and sound system but we do not like the back-up alarm. All in all we would love to have another Prius if it weren't so expensive.
Quietness, gas mileage, sound system, and interior room.
Some interior noise and more cab airflow without turning on the fan.
I bought this vehicle after my 3rd $1200 VW Passat repair bill in 6 months. I fell in love with the turn radius, handling, pickup in the city on the test drive. The inside feel is as if the car has wrapped itself around you in a cocoon of quiet. The first time I pulled up to a stop sign, there was utter silence! I am continually surprised at what you can get in the back with the second seat folded down- it folds flat! I also own a Mazda Miata and I prefer driving the Prius!
Gas mileage (average 51.5), handling, bluetooth (great hands free tool), ease of self service oil & filter changes. GPS system (ask dealer for updates). Steering wheel bluetooth, CD player/stereo feature. Handling.
There is a much larger than expected blind spot both sides rear is much larger than one would expect. The back window split is difficult to overcome. The lumbar supports need to be adjustable. The dash GPS location requires taking eyes off the road to see and to change functions. CD could be better.
A great car with many good surprises. Only problems are with the manual, which is often useless; the front seat, which needs greater adjustability; and the steering wheel control lights, which are barely visible. We average in the mid 40s even in the Minnesota winter. The handling is excellent; very quiet cabin; almost parks itself; lots of room in the back and good cargo space. For those who complain about the back-up beep, it can be turned off via the screen input. Also, the green glow on the screen is easily eliminated by simply using the dimmer switch, which still allows plenty of illumination. All in all, a great car that leaves little to be desired.
Fuel consumption and emissions; quiet interior; handling and turning radius; bluetooth.
Better driver's seat; moon roof; larger wheels standard.
I have owned and driven the Prius for 8 months and have had no problems. Just take it to the dealer for regular oil change and check-ups. It has needed no repairs, just regular maintenance. At 7500 miles the dealer told me that I had 98% of the disk pad left. That's amazing only 2% used in these 8 months. I do equal city and hwy driving. I have the regular 4 door with all the options except leather seats.
It's steering is so quick & precise. Braking is also very responsive. The gas mileage is great ~43 winter & 50 summer all around hwy/city driving. Like the glove boxes and storage areas in the driving section. My favorite is not needing the key to open and start the car. It is a fun car to drive.
Would like the JBL 6 CD to have better sound. My old Chyrsler T&C sounded better. Like the rear camera, but the bar across the rear window interferes with rear vision backing. A power drivers seat with more positions would be better for long trips & an easier to set up phone system.
The poorly designed seat notwithstanding, I have over 35,000 miles on my Prius in the first year. It has been a delight to drive and a pleasure to fill up compared to my diesel pick up! Great acceleration, computerized everything and excellent handling make this car more fun to drive than you might think. Handles curvy roads with ease and has more than enough acceleration to pass in any conditions.
Great screen displays, immediate driving feedback by using the fuel computers to maximize your fuel economy. Rear view camera and FAST heat are bonuses.
Driver's seat is simply horrible to sit in for more than 30 minutes. No lumbar support, poor thigh support and an overall poor quality seat are major disappointments for me. Entry on the fly for addresses on GPS navigation.
Excellent car, quiet, easy to drive, 1 touch to start (w/ smart key option), lot of usable storage room, nice touch screen, great mpg even on highway, more than enough power to get on the freeway. Body roll is slightly excessive.
Smart Key- never need to take the key out of your pocket.
Rear looks too high and narrow and some angles resemble a mini van.
The car is a very fun car to drive and has a number of very well thought out features. It *is* the car for you if you drive for trips longer than 10 minutes at any one time.
The MPG/energy reserve/generated displays. The simplified button (no key ignition). The backup camera. The quiet motor. Extremely roomy interior while having a small/compact body size. The touch screen for most of the controls.
Low performance when traveling under ten minutes. In this sense, I would not call it a milk-run car as it seems to eat gas at a rate comparable to a corolla or much cheaper non-hybrid car. Should have day-time running lights (Corolla CE even has this!) Gas tank is really small.
Bought the car and was apprehensive about the gas electric, but the car is really fun to drive and very comfortable. I am going to buy a 2nd one next month. Lots of room for 4 big adults and am getting right at 48 mpg all around driving.
Everything seems to be well thought of.
I like the car as it is but would like to see more color selection.
I have had my 2007 Prius since 2-28-07 and I am reasonably pleased with it. I have tried the pulse and glide method for more fuel economy and they work pretty well. My Prius is Barcelona Red and the paint is nice but chips very easily. I have gotten up to 53 M.P.G. using the Pulse and Glide method. It generally gets 50-52 M.P.G. between 65-75 on the highway during temperatures of 45-75F degrees. It seems that when the temperature dips so does the mileage to around 47M.P.G. in the colder months.
The back-up camera is handy and the fold down seats make it into a mini- station wagon.
The seats could be more comfortable and electrically adjustable. I have 16,000 miles on my 2007 Prius and I like it very much. Check your tires often as mine tend to lose a few lbs. unexplainedly. Tire pressure can effect your mileage. Eliminate the cross bar in the rear window for more visibility.
2007 with Option 2, aftermarket leather seats installed by dealer. Car drives extremely well. Absolutely no problems. Acceleration more than adequate getting on Northern California freeways. Love the direct input to stereo system. Climate control very well done. Purchased aftermarket leather supplied by dealer - much better than Toyota leather and did not have to buy Option 6 to get leather. Bought the Prius for my commute (48 miles each way) but my wife commandeered it for her commute (20 miles each way heavy city driving). I have a 2001 Accord V-6 and plan to trade it in and buy my own Prius.
Form, fit and function really excellent Very comfortable on long trips. Quiet in interior. Handles very well. Gas mileage is around 44mpg according to the trip computer. Get about 450 miles between fill ups city or highway regardless.
Adjustable/tilt steering wheel as standard. Side and back vision could be improved. Bar in rear window makes rear driver vision difficult. Interior plastic could be improved - less chintzy. Better leather seats, but aftermarket seats really good. Be able to turn off the rear beeper.
I love my Prius. It gets great gas mileage (43-51 mpg). It is roomy and comfortable for me at 5'11" tall. I would recommend the Prius to anyone who wants to drive economically. It's even fairly comfortable with my wife and two children with me. My only complaint would be that it doesn't handle as well as some other smaller cars that I've driven.
Sportier handling and more interior light driving at night.
Terrific car, as everyone says. Writing this mostly to contest the editor's comment that on the highway, when the battery is not being charged, the gas engine is "anemic." This is not true - it drives great at highway speeds. The editor's comment reflects a common misunderstanding of how hybrids work. The main reason fuel efficiency is so good is NOT due to regenerative braking or charging the battery at low speeds. It's because normally engines are sized for acceleration, and that wastes lots of gas when traveling at constant speed, even at 70 mph. With the Prius, the small engine cruises fine at 70 mph, and saves you lots of gas. For acceleratation, the electric motor kicks in - brilliant!
We bought this when gas reached $3/gal in Colorado - mainly for use around town. The Prius has turned out to be great for road trips too - adequate power and no problem keeping up with Interstate traffic at 75 - 80mph. With a little care we consistently get 50 - 55 mpg in town, 48 to 52 mpg on long trips. Only complaints are cheapness of interior (with Package 6 leather) and unattractiveness of shiny black plastic interior trim.
Incredible gas mileage. Ride comfort. Quietness. Interior space. Exterior styling. Smart key system. Bluetooth phone connectivity. Backup camera.
Better quality seats and interior trim. More choices of interior color scheme. Better quality audio system.
I've had my Prius for almost 4 months and love it more every day! Changing jobs brought a longer commute, but ability to drive in the HOV lane makes the commute almost painless. I laugh as I zoom by all those folks at a dead stop on the freeway. Gas mileage has also increased as I learned better driving techniques - now averaging about 50 mpg. Love the bluetooth and use it constantly - makes good use of the long drive and a much safer way to talk on the phone, plus its easy to use. Storage in the back is more roomy than it looks - all the junk I carried in my larger SUV fit with room to spare and the cover hides everything. Expected to like the Prius, pleasantly surprised to love it!
Gas mileage of course, bluetooth, nav, smart key, steering wheel controls, touch screen. And it's nice looking too!
Electronic adjustable seats, get rid of the back-up beep! The black plastic dash could also be improved. I rated the quality a little lower because I have an annoying rattle in the dash that I can't seem to get rid of despite many efforts.
I went from a 2004 Pontiac Vibe to the 2007 Prius without thinking twice. This car is amazing. One month after purchasing the car, I took a road trip from Tampa, Fl to Toronto, Ontario. (That is about 3,000 miles there and back.) The cost for fuel both ways was $80.00. It was awesome to stop at gas stations to use the bathroom and not get gas. This car surely gets looks and many questions. I drove up for a family reunion and now many members of my family are in line for purchasing one. Also, when other Prius owners run into you, you have only great things to comment about. (I haven't met one with a bad comment!) On average I fill up every 2 weeks for about $25.00 each fill up.
The hatchback, all rear seats fold down to make a bed, the back-up camera, smart key feature, MP3 jack, and the comfort of the seats.
I really wish smart key would open all of the doors not just the driver's. A sunroof would be nice. Abolish the incessant back up beeping. A compass on all models, not just ones with navigation.
I have no complaints about this car. I gave up a Mini Cooper, my dream car, after 2 1/2 years due to the high maintenance cost (I drive almost 100 miles a day and high performance tires are expensive and don't last). Since I gave up the dream car I went for highest MPG. After the first test drive I thought it felt like driving the space shuttle. However, it grew on me and I am happy with my decision to trade.
MPG - 51 on mostly very hilly highway, SmartKey (I don't touch my keys...ever!), Bluetooth, Back up camera, computer display and touchscreen.
Rear window visibility, reduce glare from dash on window, power seats, moonroof option, change cloth on armrest to a padded plastic or fake leather material. How about fake leather all around so it would more affordable for those who don't want cloth but can't afford the $2000 upgrade to leather?
I have a 45 mile commute one way, up and down plenty of hills and have been averaging about 47 mpg and the car is not even broken in yet. Three days after we got the car we took a 2,000 mile trip it did excellent and was very comfortable. I have become a bit obsessive about the MPG.
Gas mileage, interior room and exterior styling, back up camera, quietness.
Rear window visibility, sunroof, somehow eliminate the scare factor to pedestrians on parking lots.
Just made a 2000 mile trip. Averaged my MPG and it came out to 55.2. That's a big Wow!! Driver's seat very uncomfortable for me on long trips.
Access to common features via monitor.
Adjustable driver's seat. More leg room on front driver's side.
If someone told me before I bought this car that it would be fun to drive, I would have laughed. They would have been right. This car is peppy, has a lot of character and is a champion on fuel consumption. I've ranged anywhere from 39 MPG to 58 MPG with this car. It's got plenty of cargo room and the use of a backup camera has been priceless.
Gas mileage, backup camera, cargo space, hybrid technology, improved braking system.
The only knock I have on this is the fuel indicator tends to be misleading. A 12 gallon car should be at the halfway point when there is 6 gallons left. I filled up one time when I had 4 bars left in the tank. Only took 5 gallons of gas. Very misleading.
Traded in a Lexus RX 300 for the Prius, mostly for better gas mileage. Was shopping Camry Hybrid against Prius, but went with Prius as a better overall value, plus I actually like the hatchback design. While the car isn't as comfortable as a Lexus, or as quiet, it still is very nice and I don't find myself missing my old car at all (well almost). Many complain about the seats in the Prius, but for me they are fine, plenty comfortable and supportive. It also was really nice filling up for the first time after 400 miles and it only cost $24! Even my husband was sold after we drove it home getting 55 mpg on the highway right off the lot.
Gas mileage, hatchback design, smartkey. Most controls are intuitive and easy to use. HIDs are great. I actually like the funky mph screen now that I am getting used to it. Plenty of option packages so it can be priced out to fit into almost any budget.
Power seats, telescopic steering wheel. Get a compass without having to pay for navigation. Rear air vents for backseat passengers. Daytime running lights and auto-on headlights (they are offered in Canada, why not here?). Provide better stock tires. Higher quality interior plastic pieces.
Overrated vehicle. Dazzled by the bells and whistles, I failed to see the inability to adjust the seat. It is so uncomfortable over 30 minutes behind the wheel. The interior lacks basics, i.e., console-dash easy access storage, visor extenders, change dish, etc. Feels like a cheap car. Display is distracting and annoying. Reverse beeping is beyond annoying. I wish Priuses were refundable. Caveat Emptor
MPG average 45.
See above. I want my Honda Accord back.
Just after purchase I decided to take a long summer car camping trip from DC through the Rockies (NM to MT), then over to the Sierras and down to LA, then back to DC. 13,000 miles in 7 weeks. Though the Prius isn't optimized for long highway trips, it did very well. 65 mph on cruise yielded 50-52 mpg, 70-75 mph yielded 46- 49 mpg. Hills and mountains hurt mileage. My worst tank was 44 mpg when I had many long steady climbs but the car had more than enough power to climb Slumgullion Pass in Colorado (11,900 feet) without struggling. The steering is a little numb. The car handles okay in curves but isn't agile. Very stable and little affected by wind. Hatchback takes tons of gear easily.
Nav, bluetooth, fold down rear seats, underfloor rear storage.
Power driver's seat with heater.
We did a lot of research before purchasing and our patience was thoroughly rewarded. Trading in a Dodge Durango that got 13.7 miles per gallon will save us almost $13000 in fuel costs alone in the next 5 years based on $3.20/gal. The car has been everything expected and more. We are amazed at not only it's mpg (averaging about 49) but its overall comfort and affordability as well. It has numerous qualities including good handling, low noise level, smooth ride (at least compared to our ex-Durango), good rear seat leg room and good performance for a small car. It won't beat a Viper off the line but the 40 to 60 acceleration is amazingly good. Overall, an excellent choice for us.
MPG is the best, overall quietness, good handling, lots of back seat leg room, ease of reading dashboard displays, a precise navigation system, and an information display that would make any technogeek giddy.
It could use a better compass display which is hard to decipher, the front seat could be more adjustable especially for lumbar support, electric adjustable/heated seats would be nice, a better sound system (perhaps Bose), a larger cargo area (only 14.2 cu ft) and a place for a trash bag.
I have really enjoyed my experience with the Hybrid. It gets so much attention. Even other owners stop to chat about how much fun it is to drive. I went back to the dealership and hugged my salesman. I told him that the first week I owned it I counted over 50 miles to the gallon. I couldn't believe it. Stopping at red lights used to really bother me because I thought that I was wasting so much gas and now when the electricity kicks in it is no problem. I just sit and laugh at the poor guys out there losing money. I also find that it can be so quiet. I really like the insturment panel that offers so many choices. Especially the one for climate. I use that continually.
I find that I use the option for music a lot. I like to change from classic to western to jazz continually. This panel lets me do it so easily. Also the speakers are great. I get wonderful sound. I will be using the cruise control more when I travel. I am so glad to have it as my last car did
I don't know that I could improve on what exists.
I have had my Prius for about 2 weeks and love it. I really thought it was going to be lame in terms of speed, especially on the freeway - the car is surprisingly speedy and fun to drive. The freeway driving is much better than my Jeep Cherokee was. All of the cars gadgets are easy to use and do not distract you from driving. When I finally did go to the gas station was so happy it shut off at $27 to fill my tank. I am used to paying almost $70.
Mileage, Bluetooth, navigation, audio with iPod adapter, leather interior, and back-up camera.
Voice activation is not so hot and it is much easier to use the touch screen. The beeping when not wearing the seatbelt is a bit annoying.
So far the car is doing a excellent job. The dash read out is excellent, love the fuel mileage, I came out of a Land Rover discovery, 12MPG. I am 6 ft 7 inches tall and fit as as good as I did in my discovery. I would suggest this car to anyone.
FUEL MILEAGE and overall performance.
More chrome options, sun roof, electric seats.
I just bought my Prius 4 days ago and I love it. Traded an Infiniti FX35 which I also loved, had a hard time giving up, but wanted the increased gas mileage. No disappointment there! Mileage was 43 mpg on the way home from the dealership. Last trip was 49.8 in mixed city and freeway. I read the reviews and now I understand what people were saying about making a game of how much mileage you can squeeze out. The car is also very cute and the gadgets are great - love the bluetooth and navigation. So far everything has been easy to figure out and set up, although the books are basically useless. Better just to experiment on your own. Overall very happy so far.
Bluetooth and nav! Gas mileage of course. Touchscreen once you get the hang of using it for everything.
Seats - I have short legs and they even feel small to me. The plastic dash and door panels look cheap. Power seats!!! Really, what is up with the cheap seats? Seems like an easy improvement and would make this car an A+.
Firstly, the cabin space is surprisingly big with plenty of legroom all round. The toys are great - Bluetooth for the phone and a good sound system. On the motorway with rolling 40-70 mph traffic I get 60 mpg+, urban consumption is around 58 mpg and at constant 70 mph gets me 52 mpg. If there is anyone getting less than 50 mpg then either the car has a fault or they are not using the "float" method, i.e. very little pressure on the accelerator to keep the car spinning along at the same speed. Ever so quiet engine and with the ECVT drive it gives a very smooth ride.
Bluetooth, sat-nav, fuel consumption, quiet engine, legroom, LCD display.
Turn off the beeps for reversing and seatbelts (please!).
The Toyota Prius is like the teacher's pet from school. Reliable, dependable, unoffensive, well-balance, smart, and always willing to satisfy. What is he not? Not overly exciting, dresses a little weird, and gets picked on by bigger kids. However, in the end he ends up being your best friend.
Drive from DC to NYC and back without stopping. More geek-o-rific toys than a Star Trek convention.
More seat adjustments. 100 mpg. A built-in soundtrack to play sounds of a V8 engine so people hear you coming in a parking lot and avoid the "BOO!" to unwitting pedestrians.
I just purchased my car and have had it for a little over a week now. I LOVE it - it's a zippy little car and you can't beat the gas mileage (47mpg)! I've filled petrol 1x so far, and the pump shut off after taking about 5 gallons. When I turned the car on however, the gauge did not bump up to the 10 bar max... I find that strange.
Very easy to drive with lots of interior room.
I don't understand why the beep when you're reversing is provided in the interior cabin - shouldn't it be external so that people on the outside can hear it? I wish that I could disable it.
It's not just about the mileage, it's about knowing that you are doing as much as you can to minimize your global footprint. It's about knowing that you are willing to sacrifice a tiny bit of speed and comfort for the greater good. But enough about that. It's got great handling, light and quick, very responsive. It has very high tech features, love the smart key and screen features. Could not live without the bluetooth that talks right out of my speakers. And it's getting about 49 mpg for me. I love this car - it makes my roundtrip 60-mile daily commute to work a pleasure, instead of a chore.
Smart Key. Bluetooth. Backup camera (so handy for parallel parking). MP3 player compatible .Hatchback is roomy. Storage space in the car.
Sunroof please (find a way to make it minimize drag). AC needs to get a bit colder. Reverse beeping is bit annoying.
We purchased the 2007 Prius in Nov of 2006. At first we were getting 48 mpg. It is now July and we have 6500 miles on the car, and we are getting 52.4 mpg. We are retired and on a fixed income, so the fuel economy matters. We traded in a 2006 Ford Freestyle, which was a nice car, however the Prius is quiet, very comfortable, and a well made vehicle. I would buy one again.
The MPG, comfort, handling.
I would love to see chrome body side-moldings
This car is so fun to drive. It's quiet and has a smooth ride. I love the display screen on the console that displays current tank of gas mileage, has the radio and DC player controls, AC, and other features. The car has plenty of pick-up speed to pass other cars on the highway, though doing this often will certainly decrease gas mileage.
I'm getting an average of over 52 MPG. That's definitely my favorite feature, but I also feel good about not contributing as much gas emissions by driving a hybrid.
A plug in model?
I get between 38 and 42 mpg doing both city and freeway driving, but I have a lead foot, so I could probably get better gas mileage if I drove slower. My car seats 5 comfortably, and is fun to drive. I highly recommend it.
Bluetooth phone system, GPS is great.
Rear window and blind spots make it hard to see other cars. Acura has the sigalert combined with GPS, it would be great to know what is happening with the traffic when in the car if there is slow traffic or accidents.
This car is fun to drive and so very quiet. I love the technological advances Toyota has built into this. I especially enjoy the smart key system.
Smart key system and the ability to control air conditioning and audio from the steering wheel.
Make the view from the rear window more open and sixteen inch tires.
My Prius, is a joy to drive. I can keep up with all traffic on the Interstate, and have actually gotten a speeding ticket. I average 51 MPG and, living in Wisconsin, I was worried about driving in snow and also driving in the heat. No problem on either count. It is sure footed in the snow, and the AC works beautifully. I haul four dogs with me, and am an avid gardner. I just fold down the back seats and haul either dogs, or large bags of dirt. Again, no problem. It is just a fun car to own.
The gas mileage!
A compass along with the temperature guide would be nice.
I went from a Land Rover Discovery to a 2007 Prius. I never saw myself in a hybrid. The Prius is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It is very comfortable and with 50 mpg average you can't beat the savings at the pump. The technology in this car is amazing. If you can get the navigation and rear view camera buy it, it is well worth it. The bluetooth enables you to recieve and make calls from your steering wheel. The keyless entry and ignition puts this car over the top.
Fuel savings, navigation, rear back up camera, keyless entry, Bluetooth, touch screen, doing something good for the environment.
I traded in my 2004 Acura TL for a 2007 Prius Seaside Pearl with options package #4. I was looking to downsize from my TL due to low mileage, 6K a year, and the desire to just have an economical commuter car with great gas mileage. I looked at the Honda Civic Hybrid but felt the Prius offered better gas mileage and features. So far I like my Prius. It is simple, drives well, has good pickup, great features,and great gas mileage plus Toyota reliability. For some, choosing a Prius is to help the environment, for others its saving gas. For me it was needs vs wants. I love nice sedans but only need a commuter car. The Prius is that and much more. Saving gas etc. was just a very big plus.
LCD screen, bluetooth, gas mileage and ability to monitor your fuel usage.
Better adjustments on the front seats.
The front seats of this car are comfortable but they lack the space to move back. The rear seats are very uncomfortable unless you add 5,000 for leather seats and other unwanted options. Mileage was a consistent 44 mpg and on the freeway the engine was straining. The LCD was unneeded and only my kid could figure it out, but overall it is an OK car.
Mileage, trunk space.
Looks, overall comfort.
We purchased the Prius expecting good gas mileage and got so much more! The car has incredible rear seat leg room and is well thought out. We have had it for a little under a month, and in that time, the worst mileage has been 50.4, tbe best has been 52.5. This is rural/city combination driving.
Gas mileage, room, build quality.
Telescoping steering wheel.
Very happy with the car. My wife had reservations about the appearance, but she has grown to love it, too. Very attractive in white. My 13 month old fits nicely in the back seat. I'm 6'2" and I'm comfortable. This is a commuter car for me. I live 25 miles from where I work. Been averaging about 48 mpg.
MPG, power, ride, stereo. What I love most is that when the gas prices are going up I laugh (inside) at those who complain.
The display screen is rendered useless when the sun shines on it. Maybe future models will rectify.
I've owned 36 new vehicles including Toyota so I'm not surprised that the Prius is a top quality piece of machinery. I love the room it has, the ride, the handling and of course the outstanding gas mileage. I grin from ear to ear when filling up and figuring my gas mileage. I've been getting 52 MPG in 70% highway 30% city driving. I don't feel nearly as raped by the oil companies. I highly recommend the Prius. There's no reason this car couldn't be satisfactory for 80% of the population.
Ride, comfort, room and of course the great gas mileage!!
Could put this top notch hybrid system in a better looking body style. Only other suggestion is the center console and door armrest should not be cloth. I'm guessing they might get dirty too easily in cloth.
I have only had my Prius for about 3 months. So far, I have averaged about 51 mpg highway and city combined. Sure beats my old car that got 23 mpg. It seems to get better mpg on just highway driving - about 55 mpg, In just city driving it is more like 45 mpg. Still very good, but not the 60 mpg that Toyota advertises.
Display screen that shows the actual mpg at any given moment. The back up camera for safety in backing up. The smart key is very convenient especially when your hand are full because you don't have to search for your keys to unlock the doors or put the key into the ignition.
Get rid of or move the rear spoiler. It is really hard to see around all the blind spots when changing lanes to the right.
You don't need to be someone who thinks buying a hybrid is going to save the world to enjoy this car. I love it. People say it is the car of the future. Cars should all be like the Prius. I have driven mine for 3 months. It was still in the below 0 temperatures when I first got it in Feruary. I got about 40 mpg. Now that the temperature is 60-70 degrees, I get about 50 mpg. It is plenty big for my 8 month old, my wife, myself and all the attachments that go along for a long weekend. The trunk is big. My wife loves that it makes me a more conscious driver. Speeding kills mpg, so I slow down.
Reading my mpg on the display. Smart key with a baby is great. Competing with my wife to get better mileage. Telling people, "no you don't plug it in." Our infant rear facing seat fits in the Prius better than my old Vibe, and has almost the same trunk space. It just plain looks cool in black.
I only wish that it would get a little better mileage in very cold temps. The gas engine needs to run more to keep everything warm. Toyota should make people more aware how easy this car is to drive and live with. There are really no compromises.
My biggest dissapointment with this car is gas mileage. Granted, I am averaging about 38 MPG, but nowhere near the stated 51 MPG. I could have bought a Chevy Aveo or Honda Fit for much less money. Quality is surprisingly poor - had to take car to dealer for leaks around the hatch area several times. Car is very uncomfortable for long trips- OK for jaunts around town. Seats are very hard and unsupportive. Performance is very iffy especially merging on freeways. When pressed too hard you get the feeling that the thing is about ready to break. Great second or third car, but not adequate for all- around duty.
Quieter especially at high revs, better styling, softer seats.
I traded in my 2005 Acura TSX for the Prius and I could not be happier. It was the best decision I made. I love getting 50 MPG and the car is keeping me from getting any speeding tickets. The Prius is very well built and easy to drive in the city. I love the fact that I am helping reduce our dependance on foreign oil and reducing my carbon footprint.
Back-up camera, smart key, hybrid synergy drive, and the hatchback design.
Better driving position, better front seats, and a moon roof option.
I should have bought this car years ago. I can't rave about it enough. It's still large enough to get everyone around town and it sips gas. I drive a lot and drive hard and this Prius has really stood up to the challenge. I just love it. Get one today. You'll love it too.
There's so much to love but I think the back up camera is great, as is the display system. The whole car is well designed.
Perhaps improved sight lines. I can see everything around me but the windows are segmented.
I have a history of driving cheaper cars and replacing them every 2-3 years. I loved the idea of the hybrid with great gas mileage and environment friendly. I have only owned the car for 5 weeks but love it. I have 2 co-workers who now want to buy one. The mileage is not as high as advertised but I do average 48 mpg and no other car comes close. I live in the Phoenix, AZ area and the fact that I get to use the carpool lane is definitely a plus.
The fuel consumption screen, bluetooth phone, satelite radio, roomy interior.
This is my first Toyota, let alone a hybrid. I read everything I could to see if I would even consider it and decided to take the plunge. Am I ever glad I did! The man who went over the car's features explained that speeding up and coasting would be the best way to save fuel. We'll see about that, but in the meantime I am having the time of my life in my new "Toy."
Love the on screen features, the 6 disc cd player, the on wheel controls. The backup camera is great but it will take some getting used to. Love the hidden compartments.
The seats are not very comfortable; the lumbar part is too low. The bar across the hatchback would be ok if you eliminate the lower window.
This car is outstanding! It is very comfortable, surprisingly roomy, quiet, fun to drive, acceleration is more than adequate when needed, and the gas mileage is unbelieveable. I drive 50 miles each day for work and I'm averaging in the mid-50s. Don't listen to people who complain about their gas mileage. If you do not stomp on the gas pedal and drive it fairly conservatively, you'll be amazed. Cold weather will affect your average. Mine dropped to about 48 to 49, but in the grand scheme of things, that's still excellent.
Gas mileage. It is very comfortable for long drives, super quiet and very responsive.
On windy days, you will be blown around on the road quite a bit.
This car is great! It is affordable, not too out of the norm looking and the design of the interior makes you forget that you are driving a small car, roomy and comfortable. During acceleration, there is suprisingly more oomph! then my previous car and of course then there is the legendary gas mileage. It makes you wonder why it has taken this type of technology so long to catch on.
The quietness of the motor, the ease of the operating system and all of the bells and whistles you would expect to get in a more expensive car.
The back up beeping is a little annoying and the interior darkness at night takes some getting used to.
I just moved to El Paso. My work commute is about 60 miles round trip daily. Needless to say my old car was killing me. I read up on the Prius. I have read comments that they do not live up to the EPA standards of 51 and 60 mpg. I can tell you this, part of that is based on the type of area you drive and how you drive. Most people who are complaining about bad mileage numbers are not driving the prius to maximise the fuel economy. You need to use cruise control as much as possible. Set it for 55 mph to get the most mileage and still get where your going. Use "pulse and glide" in the city!
The 60+ MPG, Bluetooth, keyless entry, electronics package!
Better MPG! Cheaper navigation upgrade.
After 3 years of waiting, finally picked up my Prius a couple of days ago! Gave my 2006 BMW 3-Series to my wife - the Prius is more entertaining to drive. Getting mileage as expected - low to mid 40s, but will go up once car is broken in. Love almost everything about it - only thing I would change is the seats and driving position. Tons of room and cubbies.
Smart key, room, quietness, fuel economy.
Seats, driving position, better steering wheel, have the steering wheel controls better illuminated at night, auto lights.
I have driven many "luxury" vehicles, including lexus and mercedes, nothing compares to this car. This is, by leaps and bounds, the best purchase I ever made. This is a GREAT car!
Love the mileage and the iPod connection!
Sorry that the seats aren't leather and would have loved automatic headlights.
I can't say enough about the best car I have ever owned. The ride is smooth, I'm getting 45 miles per gallon and having the best time enjoying the car. The computer trains you to drive more carefully and more responsibly. (You want to beat your last MPG report, don't you?) You soon learn to depend on cruise control, to go slowly when the light turns green, and to keep it about 65 miles per hour. I've never had more fun driving a car.
45 miles per gallon (really!) MPG readout, backup camera, smooth quiet ride, digital dashboard, XM radio.
It is difficult to see out of the rear view mirror because of the angle of the back window. (Make sure you know about this before you buy a Prius.) I wish the seats were more adjustable.
All I can say is that I'm very happy with my new Prius. Everyday I learn something new about this car. It's such a joy to own and drive everyday!
With so many options on this car, it's hard to find just one favorite feature. I'm sure with the high cost of gas this summer, I'll be even more in love with the MPG!
It is very unusual to find a car that you feel comfortable in the first day you start to drive it. The Prius is an exception. If you like advanced features like you may find expensive vehicles, and you want to be save money on fuel, the Prius is probably a good bet. I test drove the Prius and the Honda Civic. On my initial test drive, the Prius feels like a concept car. It is a little intimidating with all of the gadgets, displays, and unique things the Prius has. The Civic feels more like a normal car, but it does have the technological details the Prius does. In addition, the Civic depreciates in the real world much faster. The Prius is also much more fuel efficient. The Prius wins!
Excellent gas mileage (46.2 avg off the showroom floor on day 1); very cool electronic features like the energy meter, and the voice recognition commands that operate more than the navigation. The backup camera on the 2007 model also is a great feature.
The back window has a bar accross it tha reduces visibility; I had a hard time seeing over the front nose of the vehicle.
I average 44 mpg all the time and about 38 mpg with winter gas. I have got as high as 65 mpg. But 44 mpg seems to be the normal for normal driving (20% less than listed). The car is fun to drive but not for a very long trip. I drive it about 8 hrs everyday M-F, & the seats are not comfortable enough. I love the power up windows, cup holders, on board touch screen PC. I dislike the reverse back alarm, short leg room and the delay to shift into gear. I have noticed it lunges forward when the motor kicks in sometimes. It is great for holding a lot of stuff but is still a car.
Power up windows, steering wheel accessories controls, console, dbl glove box, rear seat hide away, keys, etc.
Need more leg room to fit a 6'2" man. Head room is okay. Ground clearance is too low for dirt roads and some driveways. Better head light aiming & better long distance FM receiver.
I drove this 07 for 4000 miles in Florida, then cross country to NM in late March. Averaged 51-52 mpg at sea level in mixed driving. Now 52-53 mpg at 7000 ft. altitude. I just learned something very interesting today. Toyota service rep. informed me that the car runs everything on electric. The gas engine is there only to recharge the battery! To maximize fuel economy, minimize gas engine operation. Accelerate rather quickly to operational speed and then drive with a light foot. Coast whenever possible. I love this car! My only negative is the inability to raise the driver's seat. My wife is 5'5" and cannot see nearly as well using the rear view mirror as I can.
The display... it's cool. Watching the instantaneous mpg helps me learn how to improve fuel economy.
The driver's seat ought to be adjustable up/down for shorter drivers.
This vehicle is excellent!! The car of the future ahead of its time! I traded in my suv pickup that was getting 18 miles per gallon. I'm getting 45+ now! Anyone that commutes a distance to work, this is for you. The savings in gas almost pays for the vehicle. The fact that it is smart looking and larger inside then it appears provides an enjoyable experience.
Especially enjoy the ease of touch screen technology and being able to monitor my fuel consumption.
Gas mileage is in the mid to high 40s. Easy and fun to drive. Good acceleration. Interior styling is awesome. I just love the way it looks and drives. Makes me feel good.
Gas mileage. Interior styling. Lots of storage places. The technology is just amazing.
I can't think of a thing. I love everything about it.
The Prius has turned out more than I expected. It is light and swift, and its smooth transitions between electric and fuel motors makes it really fun to drive, and the energy monitor makes it interesting to see how the car works. The mileage it gets is wonderful, with my initial tank at about 48 mpg to my 3rd tank at about 57 mpg, and that's highway/surface street combo driving. With the current gas prices, this car is worth every penny. People complained about the seat, but I haven't noticed it. Perhaps on longer trips? So if you are considering a hybrid at all, you won't be disappointed.
The new red color! It's such a nice color. Backup camera (don't care for the beeping though), smart key entry, controls on the steering wheel, the AUX input hidden in the arm rest, and of course, the gas mileage.
Better tires coming off of the lot. The ones that came with the car look cheap, and the treads look shallow. Don't look like they'll last long. Auto A/C is a little less than desirable. Rather keep it on manual.
We filled up for the first time today. Change back from a $20. As the price of gas goes up I am sure we made the right choice. I love sitting at a traffic light and the gas engine is off.
Very responsive. No problem with pick up. Lots of interior room.
Even with the rear camera I wish you could see out the back better.
This is my second Prius. My 04 had 97000 miles with the brakes never being replaced! Absolutely no trouble with that vehicle. Thus, the second purchase. Gas mileage - I average 51 mpg all around. My last trip to central Pa. I got 53 mpg on interstate driving - 70-75 mpg - put it on cruise. My first Prius was the same mileage. If people are getting low 40 mpg they need a sports car not a hybrid. The way you drive them will dictate your mileage!! On screen navigation will help you here. This one is better in the snow. I live in NW Pa. and we get a bunch. I love the smart key and the new back-up camera and reliability is superb! Resale value is excellent. I love filling up for less than 25 dollars.
Smart key, backup camera, looks, gas mileage, on screen display, dependability, resale value, steering wheel controls, plus traction control, stability control. Air bags for safety - front and side curtain standard.
Improved fog lights, they are weak, steering wheel control lights are still anemic, why they can't brighten them up is beyond me! Tires on my 04 wore out too quickly - 30,000. Eventually went to another make with better results.
I trade cars every 2 years and this was the first car I bought that I felt good about. The Prius is a techno machine that will have a gadget head reeling with all the simple yet sophisticated features. It reminds me of when I purchased my first iPod. It makes you wonder why other devices in the genre can't deliver upon your expectations. I enjoy not using a key in the traditonal sense via the SmartKey feature. The dynamic way the car displays its usage of energy has an effect on your driving style. You become smoother on the accelerator, which leads to greater fuel economy. Sure, I haven't hit 60 mpg avg. on a tank of gas, but 48 mpg is great. That's a 100% improvement over my old vehicle.
Get the Navigation with Bluetooth and everything will be controlled through the touch screen. Where you're going to, what you're listening to, who you're talking to, what temperature you're sitting in will all be controlled by the cenral touchscreen computer. Very cool and efficient.
The safety features on the touchscreen computer need to have an off switch. The backup beep for the rear camera is loud and unnecessary. The disclaimer screen for the navigation screen is obviously redundant. And, not being able to use the phone keypad and navigation while moving is infuriating.
I'm 6'3" tall and the Prius is big enough for me. It is comfortable and fun to drive. So far I'm averaging 48 miles per gallon, doing mostly city driving.
Comfortable seating, quietness, and a sensational audio system help make the Prius exceptional.
Lets try for 100 MPG.
Just got a 2007 Prius. Back seats hard & bench like. Wouldn't recommend long drive for passengers in back of this car. Back seats fold down for extra storage, it's just right for my sweetie and me to take trips with all our gear, and fewer stops to refuel! Handles very well, fairly quiet, shift between the electric motor and gas engine not noticable at all, good pick up for passsing. Nice storage in 2 gloveboxes & center console. Holds 2 cups, large or small. Dash equip easy to read and operate, cruise control a bit awkward, under the right side of steering wheel. Overall, extremely happy with this car.
Gas mileage of course!
Desperately needs more comfortable seats, especially in the back.
I LOVE this car. Had it for over a week now, and it's averaging around 37 MPG. I'm in WI and we've had a lot of snow lately - it handled the slippery roads VERY well. No complaints. I have the extra stability control feature which may help for that as well. Drives very smoothly, pick-up from a stop is pretty decent. This car is so quiet sometimes you can hardly tell it's running. The "Power" button just floors me, so space age! Turning it on and shifting takes some getting used. Eventually you stop reaching for the key in the ignition. ;) Love the SmartKey feature. But be warned that a replacement key is $400.
SmartKey system, rear camera when in reverse, the info display, and of course the better gas mileage. Lots of storage areas/compartments.
More headroom. I'm short so it's really not an issue, but for someone taller it might feel claustrophobic. With a bulky winter jacket on the center console feels a little close. I could use a little more room.
This new Prius carried us through the south east of Arizona's mountains and deserts with a comfortable, efficient, and quiet weekend. New to us were the hybrid drive and the electronic technology. I'm old school where my transportation equipment is concerned. This car is an absolute pleasure to drive. Not as powerful as a 5 liter Mustang, not even close. The Honda civic that we traded in could not make the acceleration that I experienced merging onto I-10 in Benson, AZ. I had misjudged the traffic and opened the throttle. The gasoline and electric combination proved itself then. The electronic equipment calculates the mileage and was verified accurate at the pump at 52 mpg for the trip.
The entire vehicle is designed as a whole and not as some afterthought to get the fleet mileage up. To isolate the one favorite thing? The electronics. I'm a geek. There I said it. There is a lot of electrical wizardry going on and I am almost distracted by it.
I'm tall enough to need a height adjustable seat. After 660 miles that weekend, I wanted more support for my arms that a height adjustment would have cured.